Between visiting injured managers and workers at a Manesar hospital, Maruti Suzuki COO (administration) S.Y. Siddiqui —the chief negotiator for the management in the present crisis—spoke to Outlook.
On the problems at Manesar: Our MD has continuously stressed that this is not an industrial relations issue. It is something else and we want to know what it is. There could even have been some outside influence. The probe is on and we will find out what caused the events and the violence at Manesar, which led to the death of one of our managers.
On retrenching the present workforce: No, we are not planning a retrenchment of our workers at Manesar, but people found guilty will have no place in Maruti. Violence will not be accepted at any cost. We are also not looking to do any fresh hiring at the moment.
On when the lockout at Manesar will be lifted: We have requested the government that unless the guilty parties are brought to...